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Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government, which provides an opportunity for Louisiana’s college and university students to experience policy making in action through participation in the state’s governing process.

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Higher education is important, especially to the thousands of students who belong to the University of Louisiana school system. Wednesday, students from the nine universities of the UL system gathered at the state capitol in Baton Rouge to rally for higher education and show school spirit.

From morning until mid-afternoon, students let the senators and state representatives know how important higher education is to them through speeches, talent showcases, and visiting representatives during their breaks in the current legislative session.

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Governor John Bel Edwards and state Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee unveiled a report on the economic impact of Medicaid expansion. Edwards says according to the LSU report, Louisiana is saving 317-million dollars in state money and providing medical care to those who can’t afford it.

 

Edwards says, "From a public health perspective, we're saving lives in Louisiana, and we're ensuring that our workforce is healthy and ready to fill the jobs that we're creating all through the state."

 

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Governor John Bel Edwards released his legislative agenda aimed at improving the well-being of children and seniors. One of the bills included is West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman’s proposal to reduce the requirements necessary for public school teachers to obtain tenure. Hoffman says the current requirements are unfair to educators.

 

Hoffman says that the bill still won't make obtaining tenure a "piece of cake." He says that if obtaining tenure is an option, it needs to be "fair to the teachers." 

 

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Hunt Forest Products announced the company will build a new $115 million lumber mill in Urania, a LaSalle Parish community.

The sawmill project will create 110 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of more than $46,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project also will also result in another 307 new indirect jobs, for a total of over 400 new jobs in Central Louisiana.

Governor John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions last Friday.

Tobacco Settlement Financing Corporation
The Tobacco Settlement Financing Corporation was established to employ financing techniques to eliminate risks as to a portion of the monies to be received as a result of the master tobacco settlement agreement.

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CenturyLink will open a new outbound sales center in Monroe staffed by 150 employees to serve small business customers in the U.S. This new center will be located in the company’s Forsythe Avenue location.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards and BASF Senior Vice President ,Tom Yura, announced the company will invest in the development of its methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, or MDI, production at its Louisiana chemical complex in Geismar, Louisiana.

Louisiana Declares State of Emergency

Jan 17, 2018
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Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an Emergency Declaration due to the freezing precipitation and low temperatures throughout Louisiana. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOSHEP), Dept. of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and other state agencies have been activated in response to this emergency. 

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Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking the Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) to consider reducing utility rates in light of a recent reduction in the federal corporate income tax rate.

The governor on Wednesday sent a letter to PSC commissioners asking them to review the recently signed federal “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” to see where savings might be passed along to Louisiana ratepayers.

The governor wrote:

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